I took this photo of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, now called the Atomic Bomb (Genbaku) Dome, back when I visited Japan several years ago. When Little Boy – the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare; was dropped on the now infamous city of Hiroshima it detonated 240m over the city, missing the intended target, the Aioi Bridge. The Genbaku Dome was only 160m from the hypocentre of the atomic blast but was not destroyed, the vertical columns able to withstand the vertical downward force of the blast and stands now as a shadow and reminder of that day. Everyone in the building was killed instantly.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park where the Dome is found is hallowed ground and perhaps one of the most moving places I’ve visited. The Atomic Bomb Dome, the only structure that remains from the hypocentre of that fateful day, is evidence of so much that has gone, but will never be forgotten.